The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education
CASE programs provide professional development for preK-12 teachers and hands-on experiences for preK-12 classes
Raising the Bar for All: Promoting Student Learning in K-8 Science
Raising the Bar for All is a Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership Program awarded to Randolph Public Schools in partnership with Braintree Public Schools, Bridgewater State University and Teachers21. The mission of MMSP is to promote Math and Science content knowledge for teachers of K-12 students. As part of the Raising the Bar for All program, BSU will offer three graduate level courses to K-8 teachers from Randolph and Braintree schools. The first course will be offered in the fall of 2016. Additional content courses in Geology and Chemistry will be offered in the spring and summer of 2017. Coursework may be transferable into the BSU Master of Arts in Teaching Program. For more information and to apply to the MAT program, please visit http://www.bridgew.edu/academics/graduate-studies/master-arts-teaching or contact the Physical Sciences and Physics MAT Coordinator, Ed Deveney at email@example.com.
Fall 2016 Course Offerings
PHYS 560-GR1 Special Topics in Physical Science: Forces, Fields and Energy
Dates: Face-to-face course dates are September 14,21,28; October 5,12,19,22 (Sat),26; November 2; December 7.
On-line course sessions require an additional 10 hours.
PLC dates for curriculum writing are TBD in November (24 required hours).
Times: Wednesdays, 4:00 – 7:00 PM and Saturdays, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: None. Teachers will earn 3 graduate credits from BSU and will be paid the district hourly rate for 24 hours of PLC meetings.
Course Description: This course will enable educators to effectively teach grades K-8 physics content outlined in the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Framework. Specific content topics will include force and motion, energy and waves. Mathematics instruction is integrated seamlessly throughout the entire course. Students will improve their content knowledge through the use of inquiry-based methods of instruction in a hands-on learning environment.
To register for this course, please submit your contact information via http://tinyurl.com/MMSP-2016. We will provide your contact information to the Registrar’s Office. Next, please visit http://www.bridgew.edu/account to follow the appropriate instructions. Additional details are available here.
Note: Priority enrollment is reserved for teachers from the MMSP grant member districts of Randolph and Braintree. If you are a K-8 teacher from another district, please submit your contact information via http://tinyurl.com/MMSP-2016, and we will be in touch should space be available.
Teaching Infectious Disease - A Course for Pre-service Teachers
When: Fall 2016
Where: Bridgewater State University
Time: Thursdays 4:00 - 6:40 PM
The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University, in Collaboration with the Center for Translational Science Education (CTSE) at Tufts University School of Medicine, is offering a new course, entitled BIO 495: Topics in Physiology – Teaching Infectious Disease. The course provides students with the background to teach about Infectious Disease (ID) at the high school level using The Great Diseases curriculum, developed in partnership with Boston teachers and Tufts Medical School scientists. Participants will investigate life-relevant scientific questions using authentic scientific practices to explore host-microbe interactions and challenges of identifying and treating ID. Participants will consider a variety of inquiry-based approaches to teach about ID and will learn to modify lessons for their classroom.
Registration: Undergraduate enrollment is limited to students in the B.S. Biology Secondary Education concentration or B.A. Biology and Elementary Education dual majors. Prerequisite: BIOL 200 with a minimum grade of "C-" AND consent of department chair.
Tuition and Fees Incentive: Tuition and fees for this course are offset by a grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award Program. For full-time undergraduate students, the grant will pay for additional fees resulting from Bridgewater State University's Evening Charge Policy. Tuition and fees for part-time undergraduates are reduced to $325.
Teaching Infectious Disease - A Course for In-service Teachers
When: Fall 2016
Where: Bridgewater State University
Time: Thursdays 4:00 - 6:40 PM
The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University, in Collaboration with the Center for Translational Science Education (CTSE) at Tufts University School of Medicine, is offering a new course, entitled BIO 514: Advances in Biomedical Biology – Teaching Infectious Disease. The course provides in-service teachers with the background to teach about Infectious Disease (ID) at the high school level using The Great Diseases curriculum, developed in partnership with Boston teachers and Tufts Medical School scientists. Participants will investigate life-relevant scientific questions using authentic scientific practices to explore host-microbe interactions and challenges of identifying and treating ID. Participants will consider a variety of inquiry-based approaches to teach about ID and will learn to modify lessons for their classroom.
Registration: Enrollment is limited to Graduate Students. To register, please click here
Tuition and Fees Incentive: Tuition and fees for this course are offset by a grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award Program. Tuition and fees for this course are reduced to $325.
CASE Conference 2016
Registration Now Closed
When: February 25, 2016 (snow date: March 3, 2016)
Where: Bridgewater State University, Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center
Time: 3:00 - 9:00 PM (registration begins at 3:00 PM)
Cost: $30 (includes plenary, keynote address, 2 workshop sessions and buffet dinner)
Professional Development: Up to 10 PD hours available
Keynote Speaker: Heather Goldstone
All Climate is Local: Lessons in Communicating Science to the Public
At its core, science is a deeply human endeavor to understand and interpret our world. The passion, curiosity, and excitement that drives scientists; the painstaking pace of research; the accidents and mistakes that sometimes lead to important revelations, all are key elements of science that are often lost in the rush to convey scientific facts and figures to the general public. But, without understanding how science – and scientists – work, non-scientists stand little chance of understanding the results they produce.
Heather Goldstone is science editor at WCAI and host of Living Lab on The Point, a weekly show exploring how science gets done and makes its way into our daily lives. Dr. Goldstone holds a Ph.D. in ocean science from M.I.T. and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and spent a decade as a researcher before leaving the lab to pursue journalism. She has reported extensively on Woods Hole’s unique scientific community and key environmental issues on Cape Cod. Her stories have appeared in outlets ranging from Cape Cod Times and Commercial Fishery News, to NPR and PBS News Hour. Most recently, Dr. Goldstone hosted Climatide.org, an NPR-sponsored blog exploring present-day impacts of climate change on coastal life.
Plenary Speaker: Michael Maziarz
Michael Maziarz has focused the last 10 plus years of educational work to the transformation of low performing urban schools in Hartford, CT. He was a teacher at Hartford Public High School, and later the Dean of Students at two academies. He is currently entering his fourth year as the Principal of the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology. Michael has accelerated the school's National Academy Foundation Model by developing an Advisory Board of local business partners aligned to the school's theme that has been nationally recognized, infusing a rigorous project-based learning curriculum, and providing students with paid internships and work-based learning experiences at partner companies like United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, and CBIA. Under his leadership, the school has been nationally recognized for its student-centered project-based learning work, has received the United States Department of Education Green Ribbon Award, the CT Green Leaf Award, the Construction Institute Special Industry Award for student-lead projects, acknowledged the past two year's by the President and CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association for its exemplar work in preparing students for the future workforce, and has hosted annual Regional Robotics Competitions for their success as one of the leading programs in the region. Michael has presented nationally at multiple National Academy Foundation Conferences as an exemplar for project-based learning, internship and work-based learning programs, and on developing Advisory Boards and partnerships with high level local, national, and global business and industry companies. Michael has been able to show significant growth on standardized assessments, graduation rates, and student internships through his passion to create a family environment promoting a positive climate and culture, along with improving the quality of instruction through strong collaborative teams and student-centered rigorous and relevant learning.
Hands-on Workshop Sessions that provide teachers with sample projects, activities and lessons that can be included in their classrooms.
Please contact Maura Whittemore, Administrative Assistant for CASE at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim McCoy, Assistant Director for CASE at email@example.com with any questions
Other Professional Development Opportunities for PreK-12 teachers
Additional Professional Development opportunites are available through CityLab, Watershed Access Lab, Mathematics and Computer Science Collaborative and Games Teachers Play programs. For more information on professional development offered through CASE, please click here.
Class visits to BSU:
Middle and high school students can experience hands-on inquiry based science during class visits to CASE’s outreach laboratories. Hands-on activities include: Crucial Concentration, Mystery of the Crooked Cell, Lab Larceny and Does this Parking Lot Look Green to You? For more information and to schedule a visit for your middle or high school class, please visit CityLab and Watershed Access Lab websites.
K-12 teachers may also schedule visits to BSU’s Observatory for private viewing events and the following workshops: Impact Cratering, Spectroscopy, Moons in Motion, Scale of the Solar System, and What’s in the Sky? For more information and to schedule a visit for your K-12 class, please visit the Observatory website.
EarthView visits to your school:
BSU's EarthView program uses a 20-foot inflatable globe to teach K-12 students world geography. For more information on having the EarthView program come to your school, please call Maura Whittemore at 508.531.2575 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.